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    What is the difference between internal and external hemorrhoids?

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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    Internal haemorrhoids refer to the cushion of blood vessels just inside the anus. They are not visible from the outside world.

    External haemorrhoids are blood vessels just on the anal verge. They are visible from the outside world.

    Both internal and external haemorrhoids are thought to be related to anything that can engorge blood vessels such as straining, child birth, hard stools and heavy lifting.

    Both internal and external haemorrhoids can cause pain and bleeding. They can also fall out as a lump (prolapsed haemorrhoids)

    If you are experiencing symptoms from either internal or external haemorrhoids, you should consult a surgeon to discuss the variety of treatment options available.

    Dr Ken Wong

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